Triumph Australia has launched its new-generation Rocket 3 cruiser, which is available in two variants: R and GT.

The bike is priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs for the R, and $28,990 for the GT.

Powered by a massive 2458cc inline triple, the Rocket 3 features the largest-capacity engine in series production.

Both the R and GT deliver 125kW and 221Nm. Compared to the previous-generation model, the new Rocket 3 delivers 11 per cent more grunt and has a higher redline of 7000rpm.

The engine has also lost 18 kilograms, with a new crankcase assembly, lubrication system and balancer shafts.

Meanwhile, an all-new aluminium frame with a forward-facing intake also helps to shed weight.

Overall, the new Rocket 3 is 40 kilograms lighter than the outgoing bike, and comes highly specified with adjustable 47mm Showa forks, a fully adjustable Showa monoshock as well as Brembo monobloc brakes with floating discs.

In terms of technology, the bike boasts a high-end TFT instrument cluster, optimised cornering ABS/traction control, four riding modes, LED lighting, hill hold control, cruiser control, keyless ignition and heated grips on the GT variant.

The Rocket 3 now uses a six-speed helical cut gearbox, which Triumph says is smoother, stronger and lighter for increased torque capacity.

To lower maintenance, the bike employs a new shaft drive system and a torque assist hydraulic clutch.

Distinguishing the two variants, Triumphs says the R is a ‘muscle roadster’ with its mid-mounted controls, a 773mm seat height and roadster handlebars, while the GT is more comfort-oriented with a 750mm seat height and heated grips.

The R will be offered in Korosi Red and Phantom Black, while the GT also gets Silver Ice and Storm Grey paint options.

Triumph Australia says it will offer 50+ accessories. Luggage options include a cast aluminium pannier with a retractable/lockable mounting system, 20-litre sports panniers, a 12-litre magnetic tank bag and a nine-litre quick-release tail bag.

Using a new liquid cooling system, the Rocket three passes Euro 5 emissions requirements, and returns a solid fuel efficiency rating of 6.82L/100km.

Triumph Australia has set service intervals at a fairly high 16,000 kilometres.


Engine Type Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC
Capacity 2,458cc
Bore/Stroke 110.2 mm x 85.9 mm
Maximum Power 165 bhp (123 kW) @ 6000rpm
Maximum Torque 221Nm @ 4,000rpm
Fuel system Ride-by-wire, fuel injected
Exhaust Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box
Final drive Shaft, bevel box
Clutch Hydraulic, torque-assist
Gearbox 6 speed
Frame Full aluminium frame
Instruments TFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) –
Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added with accessory fitted Bluetooth module
Swingarm Single-sided, cast aluminium
Front Wheel 17 x 3.5in cast aluminium
Rear Wheel 16 x 7.5in cast aluminium
Front Tyre 150/80 R17 V
Rear Tyre 240/50 R16 V
Front Suspension Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster. 120mm travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 107mm rear wheel travel.
Front Brake Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers,
Cornering ABS
Rear Brake Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS
Seat Height 773mm 750mm
Rake 27.9º
Trail 134.9 mm
Dry Weight 291 kg 294 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 18 L
Fuel Consumption 6.82 l/100km (32.43 MPG)
CO2 Emissions EURO 5 Standard: 158g/km
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